Microsoft has licensed Adobe Flash Lite, a mobile version of Flash Player, along with Reader LE. As part of the deal OEMs that license Windows Mobile will get Adobe's mobile Flash and Reader.
In a statement (Techmeme, Andy Plesser's video demo), the companies said Microsoft's licensing of Adobe's Flash Lite will provide a "vibrant" Web experience, but let's cut to the chase. Why is there a licensing deal when Microsoft has Silverlight, a Flash rival?
Here's a look at the motives:
In other words, this licensing pact is a merger of convenience that will be irrelevant years from now.